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Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, Buoyancy, installation view, 2022. Commissioned by Gasworks. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

Join us for a performance presented by exhibiting artist Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen. 

Expanding on his durational and process-based approach, Laakkonen presents his first ever musical performance at the Montgomery Hall Community Centre, located a five-minute walk from Gasworks. Entitled Flock of Birds, this consists of a short, repetitive composition written for an ensemble of non-professional wind instrument players.

Conducted by musician Hannah Catherine Jones, the performance is divided into simple steps so that each musician plays a single note in sequential order, therefore drifting in and out of sync like a flock of birds—a movement evoked in its title.


- Meet at Gasworks to see the exhibition at 4pm
- Guided tour of exhibition at 4:30pm
- Walk to Montgomery Hall for the performance at 5pm

No booking is required for this event.



This event responds to Buoyancy, the first UK institutional solo exhibition by Helsinki-based artist Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen. With a focus on process and experience, Laakkonen’s work uses nature as a raw material to reflect on the impact of human interactions with the environment, while also tackling wider existential questions around time, death and the limits of scientific knowledge. 



Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunstverein München, Munich (2019); Kohta, Helsinki (2017); Corvi-Mora, London (2017 and 2015). He has exhibited internationally at organisations including Kiasma, Helsinki; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad; Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvær; MHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; and KHM Gallery, Malmö.

Hannah Catherine Jones (aka Foxy Moron) is a London-based artist, musician, scholar and radio presenter (Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 and The Opera Show on NTS), as well as founder of Peckham Chamber Orchestra, a community project established in 2013. Inclusivity and decolonization are the central spine connecting her broad practice. Jones is currently a DPhil scholar at Oxford University. She has performed and lectured internationally, including presentations at the Liverpool Biennial; Serralves Museum, Porto; Wagner Museum, Bayreuth; Beirut Arts Centre; Modern Art Oxford; Tate Modern, London; and Whitechapel Gallery, London.